Ahead of next year’s general elections, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has called on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and other appointees of the current admnistration to campaign openly for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu or resign their appointments.
The APC chieftain gave this charge while reacting to comments made on Channels Television by Ngige on Friday, who failed to publicly affirm his choice of presidential candidate between Tinubu and Peter Obi of Labour party (LP).
Africa Daily News, New York had earlier reported that the Rivers State governor, Nysome Wike, had a few weeks ago alleged that some appointees and members of the APC-led government were working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
In his reaction, the APC deputy spokesman asserted that what the minister did was nothing but pure ‘anti-party.’
He said, ‘It is expected of a serving Minister in an APC government to be a trusted apostle of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency in 2023, who along other party leaders laboured to ensure the enthroment of the same government in 2015 which they are now serving in.
‘Chief Ngige and other APC appointees, especially in the federal cabinet should not forget in a hurry that they are holding onto party’s mandate, hence the need to protect it with whatever it requires, but if they can no longer protect the interest of the APC in public and that of our presidential candidate (Tinubu), I think the honourable thing to do is to step aside from the government formed by the APC.’
Africa Daily News, New York reports that some supporters of the former Lagos Governor have taken to social media to lambast Ngige describing him as an ingrate.